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In the aftermath of medical malpractice

Adherence to a reasonable standard of care is one thing that doctors and dentists alike must stick to. If you have faced personal damages because a doctor or dentist has not adhered to these standards, you may wish to seek compensation. Here at Nield Law Group, APC, we understand your frustration and wish to help you through this difficult time.

There are many different types of injuries that can fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice. This is due to the fact that medical malpractice is generally defined as a practitioner not meeting a reasonable standard of care and causing harm or injury because of it.

Dog attacks boy while away from owners

Dog bites are a very serious issue no matter how many parties are involved or how the bite came into being. In San Diego, there are several laws in place that hold owners accountable for their dogs if their dogs deliver injury to another person. This holds true in most places.

For example, one case involves a boy who ended up with serious “soft tissue injuries” to the face after being attacked by a dog in his own home. The dog is believed to be a pit bull mix, and he did not belong to the family of the boy. Because of this, several people are facing charges for the potential damage. These charges could run upwards of $10,000 in fines, depending on the court decision.

Struggles pedestrians may face after an accident

There are many dangers that pedestrians face when walking on or near the roads. Even though pedestrians may take all of the precautionary measures possible, accidents may still happen. The important part is understanding how to deal with the aftermath.

If you are a pedestrian that has been involved in an accident with a motorized vehicle, it is important for you to understand that you may face certain struggles after the accident has occurred. This can include lengthy court battles. As a pedestrian, you have the benefit of the doubt when it comes to determining who is responsible for the accident. However, you must be prepared for the fact that the opposition will still attempt to turn the blame toward you. They may attempt to say that you were not paying attention or that you were walking too close to the street border. However, you will likely still be able to combat such claims even if you lack witnesses.

Brain injuries from pedestrian accidents

California residents who are involved in vehicle accidents should be aware of the risk of sustaining brain damage if head trauma occurs. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries. Roughly 1.5 million people suffer from such injuries annually and another 50,000 fatalities are associated with brain injuries. notes that spinal cord injuries can often accompany brain injuries that occur in a pedestrian accident or other car accident. If a person loses consciousness for more than one half an hour, the injury is described as severe and effects can be long-lasting. Lack of consciousness for less than 30 minutes is treated as a mild injury. However, many such injuries are more serious than some people realize. Mood, memory, cognition and attention can all be negatively impacted even with a mild brain injury.

Family of woman who died from self-immolation sues nursing home

In California, countless families trust a nursing home or other adult care facility to take care of an elderly or ill loved one. When staff members at those institutions fail to properly tend to residents, a serious injury or even a fatal accident can occur. In Pasadena, that was precisely the case.

In early October of last year, staff members at the South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital observed that a 57-year-old female resident had been talking to herself, allegedly hearing voices and experiencing hallucinations. Not even two weeks later, the woman was granted a pass to leave the facility unsupervised for as long as four hours a day. Court documents note that there is no evidence that the woman had been evaluated and deemed safe to be on her own. The resident wound up lighting herself on fire and consequently passed away.

What to do if you are bitten by a dog?

Motorcyclists have a number of issues to keep an eye on when they are on the road. This is because they are less protected by their vehicle than other drivers. As a direct result of that, many motorcyclists who get into accidents can end up facing severe injuries due to being unprotected.

One type of injury is known as road burn, road rash, or skid injuries. Road rash is defined as a moderate or severe case of abrasion by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. This type of injury occurs when a person’s body is dragged against the rough pavement of a road. The abrasive action usually causes a skid mark, or “burn”, on the person’s skin. This burn can vary in degrees of intensity. For example, some people may get a slight road burn beneath their clothing if they hit the ground at a fast speed.

What to do if your child has a birth injury

If you are a parent of a child with a birth defect or injury, you may not know where to start when it comes to handling and caring for said injury. We at Nield Law Group, APC., understand that you would like to make your child’s life as easy as possible. We would like to help you accomplish that.

Many birth injuries are caused by a lack of oxygen, which can cause innumerable mental and physical problems for a child. Brain injuries are the most common. A lack of proper oxygen at birth can cause stunted growth, and can lead to developmental issues later down the road. While these issues can be difficult to predict, it is possible that they may be long-lasting in some cases.

The expensive aftermath of a dog attack

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they can also end up causing a lot of strife for other people if they are aggressive or not trained well. If you have been bitten by a dog, it is possible for you to hold the owners accountable for their dog’s actions.

Up to four million people have been bitten by dogs. This means that you are certainly not alone in your struggles. You may have been bitten by a dog that belonged to a stranger or a dog that you have known for a while. However, serious dog bites or dog attacks need to be treated quickly and carefully. This is especially true if you have suffered severe physical damage because of the attack. You may also find yourself suffering from emotional or mental damage as well, since dog attacks can be frightening.

Detecting and handling cerebral palsy

There are many potential birth defects. Some can be cured, while others cannot but can still be treated. Some are easy to detect while others can go by for years without any notable sign being made.

One such potential defect is cerebral palsy, which can affect a child but go undetected for upwards of three years. It also cannot be cured, but it can be treated and managed. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines cerebral palsy as a set of potential neurological and muscular difficulties that stem from issues in the brain. The brain is not able to properly relay signals to the muscles, which can cause issues with movement, seizures, spasms, or a child being unable to move correctly. Cerebral palsy can affect a child to varying degrees. Some children may have extremely severe cerebral palsy that will require the aid of another person. Some are affected so mildly that they will only need slight therapy in order to be able to function.